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Sound off about the ways the world gets ADHD wrong—and why it should wake up and smell the reality.

posted: Monday March 24th - 9:35am

Is ADHD a Disease? That's Not the Right Question

The litmus test is: Will a child be better off, in the long run, with ADHD treatment?

A series of articles and books have popped up lately denying that ADHD is a legitimate disease. Some have cited allegations that Dr. Leon Eisenberg, an early pioneer in identifying ADHD, made a deathbed confession that ADHD is a “fictitious” disease. So is ADHD a legitimate disease? The first question that needs to be answered is: What’s a disease? Diseases are social constructs. Our concept of disease is...
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posted: Tuesday December 17th - 9:52am

The Media: Getting a Lot Wrong about ADHD — Again

A new front-page article about attention deficit in the New York Times is inaccurate in places, outdated in others, and unnecessarily frightening to many people.

The front page of the New York Times on Sunday, December 15, 2013, featured an article, “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder,” by Alan Schwarz. It says that the number of diagnoses of ADD soared amid a 20-year drug marketing campaign. This lengthy article says that “classic ADHD,” historically estimated to affect 5% of children, is a legitimate disability that impedes success at school, work, and...
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posted: Monday October 21st - 9:35am

More Diagnosis Means More Treatment — and a Greater Chance for Success

A new article in the ~New York Times~ yesterday decries the fact that ADHD diagnoses and treatment are increasing. The author couldn’t be happier. Managing ADHD at an early stage can propel students to success at school and in life.

The article from that ran in the New York Times this past Sunday, entitled "The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the ADHD Epidemic," by Maggie Koerth-Baker, continues the pattern of the newspaper to look at mental health developments in general, and ADHD in specific, from a conspiracy theory point of view. The article notes the fact that the rate of diagnosis and treatment have been steadily rising in little...
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posted: Wednesday October 2nd - 10:15am

Danger: Distraction Ahead

The last thing I need when I’m behind the wheel is to hear a strange, unexpected beep from my iPhone. How about you?

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Recently, while attempting to maneuver my way through end-of-day traffic, with a good friend in the passenger seat, I was bowled over by an unsettling, unnerving, and unidentified tone coming from the depths of my bag. I struggled to resist the urge to slam down on the brakes and, instead, retrieved my iPhone from my bag. I quickly glanced down at the screen, which read, AMBER...
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posted: Thursday June 6th - 7:30pm

“Teacher, I Need Your Help”

What ADHD students wish their teachers knew.

Teacher Helping ADHD Student
Although each child should be treated as an individual, with their own strengths, challenges, and needs, here is a list of the most commonly experienced issues for students with ADHD. >> I have a condition called Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder. It is a real medical condition that doctors define as impairment to my executive functions (cognitive management system) in my brain. That means that learning is hard...
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posted: Wednesday May 1st - 10:07am

Speak Up for Kids — and Promote Mental Health

The annual Speak Up for Kids campaign will kick off and run through May. ADDitude wants to pass the word, and hopes that you will do the same.

ADD families can put life in a positive perspective by finding gratitude in parenting a child with ADHD.
Your middle-schooler can't sit still — in class or at home. Does that mean he has ADHD? Do your daughter's anxious thoughts about everyday life mean she has an anxiety disorder? The Child Mind Institute launches its annual Speak Up for Kids campaign in May to help parents answer these questions. The goal is to inform the public about proper ways to recognize — and support —...
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posted: Thursday April 25th - 4:46pm

What Kids Need When Classmates Reject Them

Parents can save the day for their ADHD child with these hopeful, helpful strategies for finding enduring friendships.

How to use activities to find the best buddies for your ADHD child. (Girls in a ballet class)
Your son takes medication and goes to behavioral therapy two times a week. Great! He focuses better and is less impulsive, but the treatments haven't done much for peer problems for these three kids: >>Drew, 11, had a special item on his Christmas list last year. Right below the video game Angry Birds, he asked for a friend. When his mom, Julia, read it, she excused...
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posted: Thursday October 18th - 5:04pm

I’ve Got a Few Things to Say to ADHD Doubters

A specialist in attention deficit takes on — and corrects — the "facts" about ADHD.

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It seems that the New York Times subscribes to the belief that children do not ever have mental disorders, so it follows that the treatment of mental disorders is a scam by pharmaceutical companies. Anyone who disputes this view, or who looks at the evidence, is labeled a bought dog of the drug companies and a bad physician. The Times article, "Attention Disorder or Not, Pills...
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posted: Friday October 12th - 4:54pm

ADHD: Misunderstood Again?!

This New York Times article just doesn't get ADHD. ADDitude responds to media misconceptions about attention deficit.

The New York Times ran an article about physicians allegedly trying to battle inequality by providing children with bogus ADHD diagnoses in order to justify their stimulant prescriptions. It's a timely article in that ADHD Awareness Week is upon us, and it speaks to the continued need for greater education about ADHD and other psychiatric disorders in the general population and even within the medical community. It...
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